Sunday, July 17, 2016

New "miracle cleaner" against soap scum?

Having searched the 'Net, I've mixed up a bottle of Dawn plus white vinegar as an anti soap scum cleaner. I had a 9 oz bottle of Dawn on hand, used part of a second bottle (new formulation or packaging at least) of Dawn, bought today at Dollar Tree, using my 10% off voucher. I did heat the vinegar up in the microwave for 90 seconds. (there is some dissention as to whether or not the heating is necessary). Like food recipes, I like to mimic the original, new to me recipe first, then tweek as needed.

10 comments:

mikemax said...

The recipe they are using in Australia, and the one I published on the Frugalista Files, also calls for washing soda. I haven't made it as far as the bathroom today, but I'll let you know how it works on soap scum. Might make a difference...or not.

mikemax said...

You used water, too...right? The recipe I was given is as follows (translated from metric to cups and spoons).
6-1/2 cups water (heat one cup to boiling)
1-1/4 cups vinegar
1/4 cup liquid dish soap
5 teaspoons oil of eucalyptus
3 tablespoons washing soda

Dissolve washing soda in 1 cup boiling water. Add remaining 5-1/2 cups water and all other ingredients. Decant into spray bottles.

I am not sure what the oil of eucalyptus is for. According to my research, it's good for removing stains and has antiseptic qualities, even in small doses. It blends with the vinegar and dish soap (I use Dawn) and produces a nice, clean smell.

CTMOM said...

Max, no, just a 50-50 Dawn and white vinegar mix.

meme said...

I would like to hear how this works for you. Usually I use the knock off scrubbing bubbles at night - after my grandchildren having taken their shower/bath - I spray around the tub, then after a few minutes, rinse with hot water (from tea kettle to make it easier). Since we are a family of five - it is four showers and a bath each day. If I did not do this I think the soap scum around the tub would be an inch thick !!

Meg B. said...

I am looking forward to hear how it works for you.

mikemax said...

Be careful when using it on carpets or fabrics...anything that could re-soil from the soap residue. Let us know how it works.

Jean said...

I use this recipe from Heloise -- works well for me:
"Mix a half cup of vinegar (white or apple cider), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon of dish washing liquid, and finish with enough water to make a gallon. Put some into a clearly labeled spray bottle and use the rest for washing windows. Vinegar is a multipurpose, cheap product that can be used for many chores. Soak a stopped-up shower head in a small, plastic bag (if it can’t be removed) of full-strength vinegar overnight to remove hard-water buildup."

Jean said...

Not sure it this went through the first time, but I use this recipe from Heloise:
"Mix a half cup of vinegar (white or apple cider), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon of dish washing liquid, and finish with enough water to make a gallon. Put some into a clearly labeled spray bottle and use the rest for washing windows. Vinegar is a multipurpose, cheap product that can be used for many chores. Soak a stopped-up shower head in a small, plastic bag (if it can’t be removed) of full-strength vinegar overnight to remove hard-water buildup."

TrayceeBee said...

Definitely tell us how it works! I have been battling horrible soap scum in our tub for what fees like forever! Maybe it's because of all the different products my girls use?!?! Anyway, if it works for you, I'll give it a go too!

CTMOM said...

Traycee, I posted a product review this morning